- Dec 2018
I still wouldn't put it past this administration to stop him
That’s what It looks like. There will be a future without the stain of Trump, and it’s a good time to start positioning yourself for that future about now.(CNN)US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a key witness within the State Department and to the President's action in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, intends to testify to the House under subpoena next Thursday, according to his lawyers.
Sondland's testimony will come amid a significant week in the Hill's efforts to hear from witnesses about the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, the core of the House impeachment inquiry.
Lawmakers have been eager to press Sondland about text messages he exchanged related to President Donald Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the freezing of foreign aid to Ukraine.
As of this morning, Sondland hasn't received guidance from the State Department on whether he should appear under subpoena, his lawyers said in a new statement on his behalf. (Seriously? HASN'T received what? GUIDANCE?)
Sondland planned to voluntarily appear on the Hill earlier this week, but his testimony was derailed that morning when the State Department blocked him from testifying. House Democrats issued a subpoena Tuesday evening demanding Sondland turn over documents and appear for a deposition next week.
Three committees in the House plan to hear testimony from four witnesses next week, starting with Fiona Hill, Trump's former top Russia adviser, on Monday, according to a source.
Also on the agenda for next week are Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent and Counselor Ulrich Brechbuhl, according to the source. While they are scheduled for closed-door interviews, it's possible they will not show up because of the Trump administration's posture to block cooperation.
Sondland may be in a slightly different situation because he was subpoenaed.
I still can't believe the state department blocked Sondland from testifying. Maybe Trump's allies are having second thoughts about possible indictments and spending their golden years in the slammer??
US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a key witness within the State Department and to the President's action in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, intends to testify to the House under subpoena next Thursday, according to his lawyers.www.cnn.com
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